The Cal Poly baseball team came into Sunday’s game with CSUN a win away from a sweep and a .500 record for the first time this season.
More importantly, the Mustangs needed a win to remain a game back of the top three teams in the Big West Conference.
But the Matadors jumped out to 6-0 lead after five innings behind the power hitting of catcher Albee Weiss, and held off the Mustangs for a 6-4 win at Baggett Stadium.
Weiss, hitting just .165 coming into the game, hit a three-run home run in the second inning and then hit a solo homer in the fourth to give CSUN (27-19, 6-12 Big West) a 4-0 lead.
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Slater Lee allowed five runs in 3 1⁄3 innings to take the loss for Cal Poly (21-23, 9-6).
In the Mustangs’ four-run seventh inning, Peter Van Gansen had an RBI single and Zack Zehner hit a three-run homer as Cal Poly drew within 6-4.
But Cal Poly left a runner at third with two outs in the eighth, and loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth but didn’t score.
Zehner had three hits and three RBI, and Mark Mathias had three hits and a run for Cal Poly. Van Gansen had two hits, an RBI and a run, and Jordan Ellis also had two hits.
The Mustangs host San Jose State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in their final midweek game of the season.
Long Beach State 8, Cal Poly 3
The Mustangs closed out their final homestand with a loss.
Sierra Hyland and Betsy Colburn each homered for Cal Poly (22-30, 5-13 Big West).
Long Beach State (25-24, 12-6) scored seven runs over the first four innings.
Breana West had two hits for Cal Poly, and senior Emily Ceccacci went 1 for 4 with a double in her final home game.
The Mustangs finish the regular season with a three-game series at UC Riverside beginning Friday.